This document was prepared by the United States of America War Office in 1917 to demonstrate trench orders that were in effect at that time. In particular this document contains examples of "CANADIAN CORPS TRENCH ORDERS" and "BRITISH "55th (West Lancashire) DIVISION TRENCH ORDERS". Also included are "Battalion Trench Standing Orders" and "Brigade Standing Orders". The front page of the British specimen states as follows: "Every officer and every noncommissioned officer in command of any body of troops is to be in possession of the book and to be thoroughly conversant with its contents". It is also noted in bold type that "THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE TAKEN BEYOND THE FRONT OF TRENCHES". These comments suggest the importance of these trench orders. The orders cover a wide array of topics from general duties and weapons, through to shooting at aeroplanes, allocation of rum rations, and the treatment of frostbite.
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